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Intermodal near Edgerton denied $50M federal stimulus grant

February 17, 2010


A $250 million project to build a new intermodal center near Edgerton won’t be getting $50 million from a federal grant program.

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s application for $50 million in financing from the federal TIGER program, formally known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, missed out on some of the $1.5 billion available through the federal stimulus program.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in the Kansas City area this Wednesday morning to announce winners in the competition for the discretionary grants.

Related document

Intermodal TIGER application ( .PDF )

The intermodal project — to occupy 443 acres with buildings and equipment to transfer goods from trains to trucks — failed to make the list. The intermodal also is to have a 560-acre industrial logistics park, developed by The Allen Group, based in San Diego.

In all, the combined project would be expected to cost $750 million. Officials have said that TIGER financing would allow construction to start this year.

Also denied for TIGER grants were three other KDOT applications, including one that would have provided $79.8 million to build a four-lane Kansas Highway 18 between Manhattan and Ogden.

The only area project making the list of approved TIGER grants: $50 million for the Kansas City Transit Corridors & Green Impact Zone Project, in both Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

The entire project, expected to cost $62.43 million, would include investments in what are described as major transit corridors on the Kansas side of the state line, including along State Avenue and Metcalf Avenue/Shawnee Mission Parkway. Slated on the Missouri side: replacing the Troost Avenue bridge over Brush Creek in what is described as the “Green Impact Zone,” a 150-block area in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo.


ralphralph 8 years, 4 months ago

'Bammy don't send money to states that didn't vote for him. Compare the economic impact: Intermodal vs. a bridge on Troost.
Nuf said.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 4 months ago

Somebody didn't cough up the pay-to-play.

bailoutnation 8 years, 4 months ago

I'm surprised by the decision not to give 50 mill to the intermodal project outside Edgerton. 3 main reasons:

  1. The intermodal facility is a Burlington Northern RR brain child.
  2. Warren Buffet and Obama are big time friends.
  3. Buffet now owns Burlington Northern RR via Berkshire Hathaway.

The deal just closed a week or two ago. (Timing -- Buffet was hoping for a Obama 50 mill handout for his BNI railroad intermodal project -- Looks that way anyway)

Buffet should cough up the extra 50 mill himself instead of begging the tax payer for it. Great timing for Burlington Northern shareholders to unload a rail road at a $25 per share premium over what the share price was when the deal was announced months ago.

cowboy 8 years, 4 months ago

Note that Sam Brownback endorsed this project after railing and voting against Stimulus money . Think the fact that the republican representation of Kansas out there saying no to stimulus had any impact on this project not receiving approval ?

strateup 8 years, 4 months ago

This is just another example of Obamanamics. Spend millions on "Green" space or invest it in an opportunity to create thousands of jobs.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 4 months ago

By not funding this project, Dear Leader has saved or created 85,000,000,000 jobs near Edgerton.

Bruce Liddel 8 years, 4 months ago

About four years ago, I spoke with various people in Gardner, and most of them were vehemently against the intermodal facility being built in or near Gardner. I wonder if they still feel that way now.

meggers 8 years, 4 months ago

KDOT is facing a couple of lawsuits because they did not thoroghly study the environmental impacts of the intermodel. It makes sense to hold off on awarding funds for a project that may be delayed for several years, if it is able to move forward at all.

ralphralph 8 years, 4 months ago

I don't thnk it will be delayed ... they'll just tie it in with the expedited SLT completion. ;)

georgiahawk 8 years, 4 months ago

If it had gone through, the same people whining above would be whining still. They are whiners, they consider it to be their contribution!

Edjayhawk, if he walked on water, the conservatives would claim he is the anti-christ and burn him at the stakes!

ralphralph 8 years, 4 months ago

Anybody notice the story about Hawker-Beechcraft closing its Salina plant and sending the jobs to Mexico. Here's the LJW link ...

Maybe it will become time to address the real causes of the loss of our manufacturing jobs ... causes like NAFTA and the Chinese manipulation of currency and markets.

Bill Clinton sold his soul, and a big piece of ours, for all those illegal Chinese campaign contributions ... and the Wal*Mart cash ... and whatever other money flowed during that time.

BigPrune 8 years, 4 months ago

georgiahawk, he doesn't have to walk on water to convince some of us he might be the anti-Christ.

edjayhawk, He's created 2,000,000 new jobs, seriously? Where, in a fictitious district? Or are you being tongue in cheek?

If the government was still calculating the unemployment rate using the same criteria and methods that had last been used during the Clinton administration, the “official” unemployment rate today would be closer to 18%.

CapitolJayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

The Intermodal Facility is being sued by numerous citizens groups and activist groups that feel that the Environmental Assessment completed by the Corps of Engineers was not sufficient to account for the significant increase in traffic and the channel changes resulting from the development of the intermodal facility. They are demanding that a full EIS be completed and a health risk assessment be performed to measure the risk of the increase in diesel emission will have on the surrounding community.

TIGER grants were awarded to those projects that could put Americans back to work in a timely fashion (shovel-ready) and with a potentially lengthy legal battle ahead on this project it couldn't have been worth the risk. Besides, USDOT received almost $60B in grant requests and had only $1.5B to award...clearly not every project was going to get funded...particularly those that had so many problems as this one.

I'm sure politics played a role in some decisions but to make such baseless claims as above for the sake of partisan posturing is unproductive and disingenuous.

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